The Riverkings wrapped up another successful season for the 2017-18 campaign. The Riverkings posted a 33-10-1 record in the regular season before sweeping both home playoff series and advancing to the national tournament in Boston. The national tournament was a difficult task and it is where the Riverkings fell short. Playing in 3 games and losing all three by a total of 4 goals proves just how tough and narrow the competition was. Poor weather had a huge impact on their time in Boston. The hotel lost power for over 24 hours as did the rink where all the games were originally scheduled. The three games were played at three different rinks and two of the games had their start time changed. The team tackled this unexpected challenge with the same mental toughness and focused attitude they displayed all season on the ice. The Riverkings were a strong defensive team allowing the fewest goals in the Midwest-West division and third fewest in the entire 44 team league. They allowed only 86 goals through 44 regular season games putting the average goals against just under 2 goals per game. The Riverkings paired this defense with a strong offense who put up 193 goals in the same number of games, averaging nearly 4.5 goals per game.
Off the ice, the Riverkings made a strong positive impact in the community. The Riverkings motto is “building hockey up and down the river”; this consists of good on-ice play, as well as being outstanding members in the community. The players racked up countless hours of volunteer work. They helped maintain the South Wood County Rec Center, their home since moving into town, by cleaning and organizing the rink. When field trips arrived, it was common to see a handful of players on the ice teaching the young students about skating and all the cool activities to do on the ice. The Riverkings helped keep their gym and sponsor, Anytime Fitness on 8th St., clean as well. The players also visited with the special needs Boy Scout troop to help them achieve their “sports badge”. The Riverkings mascot Rowdy could be found at events around town, like the Polar Plunge. The Riverkings players helped on the ice with the youth teams as well, passing down their knowledge that they learned at the younger players ages.
Overall the team had yet another strong season. The players ineligible to return will look to move onto the next chapter in their careers, college hockey. Check in with the Riverkings Facebook page to see where these players commit to. Next year, the team will have some strong returning players that will look to lead the team to a third national tournament in as many seasons. The Riverkings Facebook page will introduce the players for the upcoming season as well. These players will look to continue the off-ice tradition that is building hockey up and down the river.
|2017-18 Tryouts will be held at the Leafs Centre in West Dundee, IL.|
|Dates: 6.30 and 7.1|
|Times: 7pm- 10pm on 6/30 and 9am- 4pm on 7.1|
|Cost: Only $59.00 to tryout for 5 Tier III teams and be seen by 3 Tier II or NCDC teams|
|Please Register in the tryout section to the right.|
|SCHEDULES ARE ON THE TRYOUTS/PROSPECTS TAB|
Over the past few weeks the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings Jr. A hockey club has been giving back to the Rapids community not only with their annual "Toy for Tots" home game that provided needy families and kids with Christmas gifts, but also volunteering their free time and becoming Salvation Army Bell Ringers for the holiday season.
Riverkings players and staff each volunteered and could be spotted around the Rapids community in places like Walmart, Shopko, and Walgreens. The Salvation Army red kettle campaign raises give or take about $30 per hour per each location which is enough to provide a family with groceries or shelter for the night.
The Riverkings are all about giving back to a community that has supported them over the past few seasons. Without the support of the community, the Riverkings would not be where they are now, so any chance the team has to give back, the coaching staff makes sure that the boys do. GM/Head Coach Marty Quarters stated “the culture of the Riverkings is to give more then you receive and the holiday season is the time of year to volunteer and help those less fortunate”.
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